The Psalms in Ministry

Barry Bence

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 4/1/1985

Issue: The Psalms (Vol. 5, No 2, Spring, 1985)

How often in the course of parish ministry does a pastor reach for a psalm? If liturgically alert, he or she will prepare a psalm for the congregation every Sunday and festive day in the Church year. How does this practice help our people draw close to God? My research suggests that the appointed psalm selections were chosen to support, highlight, or underscore a major theme in the Gospel for the Day. Is there a better approach to serving up the Psalms to people than merely reciting them as a minor part of common worship?

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